Safer at Home Mesa County

Special Notice:  Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has received approval to enter the Protect our Neighbors phase of reopening in the COVID-19 response. The approval allows MCPH and the Mesa County Board of Health to draft and approve a local public health order which will continue our thoughtful, phased reopening in a way that makes sense for our community. Strong local public health and health care systems are the key to reopening the economy, and Mesa County is proud to be among the first in the state to get to this next level of reopening.  This new phase has been approved, but not implemented locally, yet.  Learn more about Protect our Neighbors here.

PHASE 2: Extended as of 8/11/2020

The current public health order outlines the next steps for our reopening.  This phase expands upon the current guidelines to allow:

  • Businesses to reopen at 50% capacity not to exceed more than 175 people in a confined indoor space for critical and noncritical businesses, including houses of worship
  • Gatherings to expand to 50 people.

The order includes a requirement that operational plans be submitted to Mesa County Public Health

Individual Responsibility

This plan keeps our community’s overall health as a top priority and provides ways businesses can open safely but it requires individual responsibility from each resident to:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance    • Cover nose and mouth in public    • Wash hands often
  • Stay home when sick                          • Get tested if symptoms appear

The Mesa County Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) has received additional CARES Act funding to support the community in recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. Funding requests are limited to $5,000 or less.

Click here to access the application.

Why do I need to submit a business safety plan?

Because disease transmission in Mesa County has remained low, we have been able to loosen restrictions more quickly and to a greater extent than many parts of the state. This application allows businesses to demonstrate they have implemented safety measures and is the most efficient way to get the maximum number of businesses open.

Click here or type in the form below

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is still closed?  What types of businesses does this apply to? Find answers to those questions and more in this Frequently Asked Questions Document.

If you have questions not addressed in the FAQ document, email

The Variance Protection Program, sometimes referred to as the 5-star rating program, is a collaborative effort between Mesa County Public Health and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize stablishments implementing public health recommendations related to COVID-19.

How does a business qualify?

Businesses who submitted a safety plan to MCPH for reopening under Safer at Home Phase 2 will be visited by an MCPH representative and be rated for the Variance Protection Program.  

Businesses can fill out this interest form if they have already received an audit, or are not required to submit a reopening application, but would like to see if they qualify.

A Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) representative will visit the establishment and do an audit of their procedures as it relates to COVID-19. The representative will score them on a series of items required in the current public health order and outlined in the reopening plan. 

Are businesses that don’t have this rating unsafe?

No. Participation in this program is completely voluntary, it is intended to be a resource for those looking for establishments who are complying with public health orders and provide a list of safe places to go.

Have additional questions?

Send an email to and a staff member will get back to you.

Protect our Variance Partner Facilities

Restaurants and Breweries:
  • 626 on Rood Seasonal American Cuisine and Wine Bar
  • Ale House
  • Bin 707 Foodbar
  • Bin Burger
  • Copeka Coffee
  • Dos Hombres
  • Dream Cafe
  • Edgewater Brewery
  • Four Winds Coffee & Tea
  • Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
  • Handlebar Tap House
  • Hot Tomato
  • Il Bistro Italiano
  • Kannah Creek Brewing Company
  • La Cabra Cantina
  • Main Street Bagels
  • Monumental Beer Works
  • Rambelbine Brewing Company
  • Rib City, Fruita
  • Rockslide Brew Pub
  • Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza
  • Taco Bell
    • Mesa Mall
    • 29 Road
    • Clifton
    • Horizon Drive
  • Taco Party
  • Wendy’s (Fruita)
  • Village In (North Ave.)
Retail Services:
  • Alta Convenience Store, Fruita
  • Enstrom Candies
  • Munro Supply
  • Picture Show Entertainment
  • Joann Fabrics
  • REI
  • Safeway, Redlands
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • The Art Center
  • The Ink Store
Professional Services:
  • Aero Studio Salons
    • 2412 Patterson Road, Unit 8
    • 624 Rae Lynn Street
  • Allstate Insurance – Carlston Agency, LLC
  • Business Incubator Center
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Great Clips (Redlands)
  • Kokopelli Animal Hospital
  • Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital
  • Skin Deep
Health Care:
  • Cedar Point Health, Clifton Urgent Care
  • Grand Junction Family Medicine
  • Marillac Health (2333 N. 6th St)
  • Smiles 4 Kids
  • Primary Care Partners, Inc.
  • Red Canyon Family Medicine
  • Western Colorado Pediatric Associates
  • Western Colorado Physicians Group


  • Better Bodies Pilates & Fitness
  • Colorado National Monument Visitor Center
  • Crossroads Fitness
  • Legacy Gymnastics and Ninja Academy
  • Monument Fitness Club
  • Tiara Rado Golf Shop

Current partner list through 9/3/2020. This list is updated each week.

Business owners looking for guidance can download this guide and other useful information.

Additional sign templates can be found below

Learn about our phased approach to allow some services to resume with precautions for COVID-19. This summary can help answer some general questions.  Guidance by industry is provided on this page and can be printed for easy reference.

More Resources for Businesses to Print or Post

Post this sign at your entrance or in your lobby reminding customers about the steps we can all take to keep our community healthy.

Click images above for Downloadable PDF files to print and post.  Or click below for:

Ride One at a Time (Elevator) Sign

One Way (Enter) Sign

One Way (Exit) Sign

Waiting Room (Clinics) Sign

Guidance and Best Practices from Mesa County Public Health

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